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Diesel Athlete: Stacy Martyak

Stacy Martyak Diesel

[quote align="center" color="#999999"]Starting CrossFit, and then getting better at it, was really something that gave me back that part of my identity that I now know I need to feel whole.[/quote]

stacy martyakAt first, what I really liked about CrossFit was that I was SO BAD at it. That sounds strange, perhaps, but I loved the challenge of having so much room for improvement. Every day was a PR. That’s probably why I still enjoy it so much – always room to get stronger/faster/more skilled.

Before having kids I did a lot of endurance races – such as marathons and Ironman triathlons.After I had my first baby, I signed up for a marathon, thinking that would get me back in shape, and I found that I just was dreading putting in all the mileage required to meet my goals and never looked forward to running anything longer than the 7-mile loop. So I bailed on that marathon, got pregnant with my second baby, and just kept running and do some swimming from time to time.

After I had my second baby, I was ready to get back into training in a serious way, but wasn’t excited about running or triathlons at that point in my life. I had two friends (Kourtney Keaton and Kat Grosshaupt) that recently started CrossFit and were really enjoying it and seeing some great results. They both talked about how challenging it was – and I love a challenge. I decided to try it and was pretty much sold from my first workout. I had never had a workout that was so challenging – and I soon realized, if I wasn’t gassed at the end, I was doing something wrong – you can always go faster or add more weight!

 

Stacy Martyak CrossFit Central

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Age: 39
Max Deadlift: 265
Desired Super Power: The Power to Heal
Box: CrossFit Central Downtown

Handstand pushups, pistols, double unders, handstand walks, and chest to bar pullups are among my favorite moves now and I couldn’t do any of those things two years ago. I am a lot stronger, I feel more like myself, and best of all, I have a training program I look forward to.

For me, CrossFit Central has helped me feel more like myself again. Growing up, and even through my 20s, being an athlete was always a part of my identity and something I was proud of. After years of not really competing at anything, not feeling at the top of my game, and having two boys under the age of two, that part of my identity had really faded. Starting CrossFit, and then getting better at it, was really something that gave me back that part of my identity that I now know I need to feel whole.

 

 

 

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